Inspiring people

By Kathy Van Looy

Some weeks are just more exciting than others. Period. This week was a week that didn’t pass by unnoticed:  we had some brilliantly wonderful people over in our office, and yes: we want to share that with you. Not that we want to make anyone jealous or anything.


On Monday & Tuesday we had the pleasure of welcoming Michael Goldberg in the office. Michael is a Senior Partner and the global CMO of Porter Novelli, and based in New York. He gave a truly inspiring presentation to all our staff on new biz and pitching, and led a workshop on Business Development, helping us to shape the future.  Michael left us with an energy boost, a great feeling of commitment, a new way of looking at things and a real American football helmet (we are still fighting over which floor it can stay on).


As if one American wasn’t enough, Kiki McLean also landed in our office for a couple of days. Kiki provides leadership for the Porter Novelli Washington DC office, as well as the agency’s global public affairs efforts. One of the top public affairs strategists in the country, she appears frequently on national television as a commentator on politics and current events. During the 2008 election season, Kiki served as a Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton for her Presidential Campaign, and frequently appeared as an on-air surrogate for the ‘Obama for America’ campaign. In other words: she drinks coffee with the Obama’s AND the Clinton’s. Yes, we were impressed. And proud to have someone like her within the Porter Novelli family. Kiki gave some media interviews (national TV, newspapers – more info to follow in the coming weeks), an internal training session, went to see the US Ambassadors Gutman & Kennard, and gave a presentation to a selected group of clients on “The US Elections and the Impact on Europe”. A woman with a huge agenda, tremendous knowledge and an even bigger heart.  


Watch this blog for more details on the media interviews with Kiki in the weeks to come.



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